Six months ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched their large-scale offensive at the ancient city of Palmyra, seizing it from Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in a matter of four days.
Despite a number of attempts to retake this historical desert-city from the terrorist group’s possession, the Syrian Armed Forces have been relatively unsuccessful in this military endeavor, as they have been unable to break-through ISIS’ defenses at the northern and western flanks of Palmyra.
On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 67th Brigade of the 18th Tank Division – in coordination with Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) and the National Defense Forces of Homs City advanced from the eastern groves of Al-Bayarat to the Palmyra Drivers School after a week of intense firefights with the ISIS terrorists.
North of Palmyra, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Panther Brigades” (Tiger Forces ) conducted military operations along the seasonal road from the town of Jazal to Palmyra, killing several ISIS terrorists in the process.
The northern flank of Palmyra has been the most volatile for the Syrian Armed Forces, as ISIS has launched several attacks on their positions in the Jazal Mountain area.
However, the Syrian Armed Forces in the Palmyra Triangle received a substantial boost on Friday, when a large convoy of reinforcements arrived at the T-4 Airport in order to participate in the upcoming Palmyra offensive that is only in its preliminary stages.